San Mateo Deputy Shoots and Wounds Man Allegedly Throwing Rocks Near Caltrain Tracks

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 04 Oct 2012 00:48:10 -0800

 SAN JOSE (KRON) -- A man accused of throwing rocks and attacking a San Mateo County Transit officer is expected to survive after the officer opened fire on Caltrain tracks Wednesday evening.

The San Mateo officer says he encountered the "combative" man near the Diridon Cal-Train station in San Jose at about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.  He says he tried to make contact with the suspect who responded by walking away and throwing rocks and other debris at the officer.  Two Santa Clara deputies soon responded.  Investigators say the man "displayed threatening behavior toward the dputies and the San Mateo County deputy responded by firing several rounds from his duty weapon striking the suspect.

The man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"To what extent he was threatening the officers or throwing things at the officers or coming at them, that's going to have to be hashed out through the interviews," San Jose Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer tells KRON 4 News.  "We're going to have to find out exactly what provoked the officer's response to make him think he was in jeopardy or the safety of the other deputies was in jeopardy."

The San Jose police homicide unit will investigate the shooting.  Although the incident happened in Santa Clara County, officials say the San Mateo County officer had jurisdiction all along the Caltrain tracks.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for the latest on this developing story.

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